Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday appealed to all relevant ministries, institutions, teachers and guardians to continue encouraging school dropouts to learn vocational skills so that they will be able to find jobs and earn a decent living.
In a statement to mark the second National Day of Technical Vocational Education and Training to be celebrated on Saturday, Mr Hun Sen said that technical and vocational training play an important role in the development of human capital.
National TVET Day was established by the government to promote vocational and technical education and inform students, youths, parents, guardians, workers and employers in both the private and public sectors on the importance of developing a skilled labor force to meet the needs of the labor market both in the country and abroad.
In his statement, Mr Hun Sen said the government has paid high attention to improving the quality of vocational and technical education and training to respond to the growing need for skilled workers in the technological era so that the Kingdom can compete with other countries in the region.
“The government has also provided more scholarships to youths who drop out of school, the poor, women, disabled people, orphans, indigenous people, laid-off worker and the vulnerable, so that they have the opportunity to get skills training,” Mr Hun Sen said.
Say Sarin, senior technical programme manager of World Vision International-Cambodia, yesterday said during the closing ceremony of the ‘Youth Leadership and Livelihood Development Project’ that the project has trained hundreds of Cambodian youths who were able to get jobs since it started in 2014.
“Over the past five years the YLLD project has helped poor youths, who abandoned their education and were unemployed, to learn skills which allowed them to increase incomes and improve their livelihoods,” he said.
He said the training included repairing and installing air conditioners and electrical systems, repairs and maintenance of cars and elevators and also barista skills.
“After finishing their training, 80 percent of the youths get jobs in private companies and earn between $170 and $300 per month,” Mr Sarin noted. “Youths who turn entrepreneurs can reap more from their businesses and make between $200 and $450 per month.”
He added that the project was a major achievement for transforming the lives of youths, especially young people from poor families and it plays a part in helping to realise the government’s development objectives.
“World Vision will continue our mission to educate youth, children, poor families and other vulnerable people so that they can live better lives and become a quality human resource for national development,” Mr Sarin noted.
Pich Sophorn, a Labour Ministry secretary of state who was at the closing ceremony, yesterday said that such training programmes were important to help dropouts improve their livelihoods.
However, he noted that many Cambodian youths who receive training opt to go overseas to work and earn higher wages.
“Most of our youths migrate not because there are no jobs in the Kingdom but because they can earn higher wages in neighbouring countries,” he said.
Mr Sophorn said he hoped that the number of youths migrating abroad will gradually drop as the government keeps increasing minimum wages yearly, especially for those in the garment and footwear sectors, and extends the social security fund to more workers.